Julius P. von Bushberger, 58, reading volunteer, tutor...

September 10, 2001

Julius P. von Bushberger, 58, reading volunteer, tutor

Julius Peter von Bushberger, a volunteer who recorded books for the blind and taught adults to read, died of colon cancer Friday at his Davidsonville home. He was 58.

A Princeton, N.J., native, Mr. von Bushberger, known as "Von," spent 27 years at Browning-Ferris Industries, working his way up to vice president in charge of mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. von Bushberger, who earned a master's degree in business administration from New York University in 1972, and his wife of 35 years, the former Joan Gentempo, moved to Davidsonville in 1979.

After his retirement three years ago, he volunteered for a series of organizations, recording books for the blind for the Maryland Society for Sight and tutoring adults through an Anne Arundel County literacy league. He also read to senior citizens at Ginger Cove, an Annapolis retirement community.

"He was incredibly giving of himself and his time," said his son, Douglas von Bushberger of New York City.

Mr. von Bushberger was an avid baseball fan -- his loyalty to the Brooklyn Dodgers followed the team to Los Angeles -- and belonged to a society that dealt in the facts, figures and statistics of the sport. "He loved working with the numbers. He had every imaginable encyclopedia," his son said.

Mr. von Bushberger was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by another son, Gregg von Bushberger of Baltimore, and a daughter, Laura Cochran of Washington.

Mildred F. Hatter, 95, active church member

Mildred F. Hatter, a homemaker and active member of Grace United Methodist Church, died Thursday of complications from a stroke at Edenwald retirement community in Towson. She was 95.

The former Mildred Flichman was a Baltimore native and a graduate of Eastern High School and Strayer Business College. She worked as a secretary for a few years before marrying Charles William Hatter, a certified public accountant, in 1929.

The Hatters were active in Howard Park United Methodist Church, where Mrs. Hatter taught Sunday school. The couple moved to the Ruxton area in 1951, when they became active in Grace United Methodist Church.

Mr. Hatter died in 1961.

At Grace United Methodist, Mrs. Hatter was a member of the altar guild and was active in United Methodist Women.

Mrs. Hatter enjoyed reading, knitting and spending time with her two daughters and their children and grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.

She is survived by two daughters, Wilma H. Starkey of Stoneleigh and Janet Hatter Taylor of Bolton Hill; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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